A putative class action is targeting one of New York state’s most ubiquitous firms representing lenders in foreclosure actions, claiming the firm’s alleged failure to file particular court papers is depriving homeowners of the chance to participate in mortgage modification conferences.

In a lawsuit filed in the Eastern District of New York, MFY Legal Services claims that Steven J. Baum P.C., an Amherst-based firm representing banks in a large share of New York state foreclosure actions, engaged in “unfair and unconscionable debt collection and deceptive practices” by failing to file the specialized Request for Judicial Intervention that triggers settlement conferences.

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